The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way floats nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth. Clouds of gas within it slowly collapse, forming new stars. Astronomers know that the LMC lies in an ideal position for the study of phenomena surrounding star formation. The LMC is positioned far enough from the plane of the Milky Way to avoid being outshone by nearby stars, or be obscured by the dust in the Milky Way’s center. The LMC is close enough to study in detail, and lies almost face-on to us.
The red clumped filaments of gas center left, is 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula.